Officers seize synthetic marijuana at Marcy Correctional Facility

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MARCY — Officers assigned to the package room at Marcy Correctional Facility found synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2, in a package mailed to an inmate incarcerated at the medium security prison.  

On Thursday, April 11 at 12:45 p.m., an officer was processing a package for an inmate. He became suspicious when the weights of several cans of food didn’t seem correct, state Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association Central Region Vice-president Scott Carpenter said.

He opened three cans and found a balloon inside each one.  The balloons contained a green leafy substance and tested positive for synthetic marijuana, and the contraband was placed into evidence, Carpenter said.

The inmate, age 65, who is serving a three-year sentence after being convicted of second-degree robbery in New York County this year, faces disciplinary charges. 

The package was mailed from downstate. 

“The last several months there have been sizable amounts of synthetic marijuana discovered in packages mailed to inmates,” Carpenter said.  “Our members make a valiant effort to stop the flow of contraband into prisons, but despite their best efforts, not all contraband can be discovered.  Plain and simple, a Secure Vendor Program is needed in each facility.”

The NYSCOPBA regional vice-president said a Secure Vendor Program would significantly decrease the amount of contraband that makes its way into facilities, however, the state Department of Corrections disbanded a pilot program shortly after it was started.

“There is simply no legitimate reason to not have a vendor program that will be secure and create a safer work environment for our members,” Carpenter said.  “Until the state takes the necessary steps to change their policies, contraband will continue to be problematic.”

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